Natural Sciences (MS) - Geosciences Track

Program of Study

Area 1 Program Core
ENGL 5149GGrant Writing3
Area 1 Total3
Area 2 Program Requirements
Select the following courses (unless an equivalent course was taken at the undergraduate level):6-17
Environmental Geology
Current Research in the Geosciences
Graduate Seminar (may be repeated for credit)
Electives - Select 4-15 credits from the following: 14-15
Global and Climate Change
The Geology of Georgia
Water Resources Management
Physical Anthropology and Archeology
Vertebrate Paleontology
Selected Topics in Geology
Graduate Seminar (maximum of 6 credits may be applied to Area 2)
GEOL 6000Comprehensive Exam 20
Area 2 Total21
Area 3 Program Requirements
GEOL 6005Thesis Defense0
Select the following for a total of 12 credits:12
Thesis Research
Area 3 Total12
Total Credit Hours36

Equivalent courses taken at the undergraduate level may not be repeated for credit.


Students must pass GEOL 6000 Comprehensive Exam, which should be taken after completion of at least 18 hours of graduate level coursework.

Admission Requirements

In addition to the Columbus State University Graduate School Admissions requirements, all interested applicants must submit the following materials to be considered for admission for all tracks in the Natural Sciences program.

  • Baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university, demonstrated excellent preparation in the Biological, Chemical, Environmental and/or Geological Sciences or permission of the program director.
  • Undergraduate grade point average of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  • A minimum combined score of 290 on the verbal and quantitative portions of the Graduate Record Exam. The GRE must have been taken in the last five years.
  • A one page statement of experience and interests.
  • Two letters of reference. References should come from persons familiar with the applicant's academic or professional experience.

Additional Program Requirements

The maximum course load for a graduate student in a given semester is 12 semester hours. The maximum course load for a student holding a graduate assistantship is 10 semester hours.  Students in the Geosciences track must complete a thesis as part of their degree requirements.